Pikkerbakken i Frederikshavn

Frederikshavn – always in top form

Photo: Csaba Labancz

Known to most as a traffic hub, but Frederikshavn has a lot more to offer. An unusually high number of shops and restaurants, and even the only palm beach in Denmark!

Frederikshavn has its own very special atmosphere thanks to its maritime history, idyllic setting, and the ferries plying back and forth to Sweden, Norway and Læsø. The vast number of visitors to the town (around five million a year) have nurtured a shopping mecca, including one of the country’s longest pedestrian streets. Nature also plays a role, with a wealth of activities and things to do on land and sea.

World’s most northerly palm beach

It all started in 2004 with 30 palm trees. There are now 100 in the white sand of Denmark’s most exotic beach. On a summer’s day, when the sun beams down from a cloudless sky, you could almost think you were in the Caribbean. But this is the Kattegat and Denmark at their very best.

Prospect of fun for the whole family

From the unique platform that projects from Pikkerbakken at the southern end of the town, there is a breathtaking view over Frederikshavn and the Kattegat. And the area has attractions such as the Coastal Museum, Bunker Museum and military installations, not to mention the deer park and botanic gardens. As you enter the Port of Frederikshavn, one of Denmark’s busiest commercial ports, the Krudttårnet (Gunpowder Tower) stands as a reminder to the days when Frederikshavn was called Fladstrand. It’s also a reminder of why the locals go all-in for history every year, and love to invite visitors to their spectacular and colourful Tordenskjold Days.

Just 7 km north of Frederikshavn is the little fishing port of Strandby, a picture of North Jutland idyl. The hub is its picturesque harbour with lots of life, thanks to local fishing boats, and a fleet of yachts and pleasure boats in the summer. Strandby has its own beach hotel and local restaurants, plus a fish auction open to the public.

In Frederikshavn you have to see

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Kystmuseet Bangsbo
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Kystmuseet Bangsbo

Kystmuseet Bangsbo is located in the old manor, that can be dated back to 1364

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Palmestranden (The Palmbeach)
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Palmestranden (The Palmbeach)

Close to Frederikshavn is the palm lined beach of Palmestranden, which is Frederikshavn’s local beach with an exotic atmosphere and many activities.

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Arena Nord
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Arena Nord

Arena Nord is a cultural, conference and sports center located in the middle of Frederikshavn.

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Nordre Skanse
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Nordre Skanse

Nordre Skanse were the first defensive works at Fladstrand, built by German troops 1627-29.

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Krudttårnet (Powder Tower)
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Krudttårnet (Powder Tower)

Martello tower built in 1686-1690. The top floor (cannon deck) houses a range of artillery.

The lower floors have exhibitions of the history of Fladstrand and the harbour.

Citadel Fladstrand was use...

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Frederikshavn Kunstmuseum og Exlibrissamling
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Frederikshavn Kunstmuseum og Exlibrissamling

Frederikshavn Kunstmuseum & Exlibrissamling (Art museum and bookplate collection), is a museum for national and international contemporary art.

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Knivholt hovedgård
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Knivholt hovedgård

Knivholt Manor has been renovated during the recent years and fitted out with workshops typical of its period, which retired tradesmen bring to life. Knivolt's large courtyard provides a stage for ope...
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Cloostårnet
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Cloostårnet

On a clear day you can see Skagen in the north, Læsø in the east, Jyske Ås in the south and Rubjerg Knude in the west. In fact, the whole of Vendsyssel lies at your feet from the highest viewpoint in ...

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Bangsbo Botaniske Have
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Bangsbo Botaniske Have

Botanical garden 17.500 m2.
English-style park, lawns & rhododendrons. Rose garden with 200 historical species. History of imported fruits/berries. Bonsai collection. Sensory/medicinal/herb garden with...
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